Civitan International Research Center

The Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) was created in 1989 with a $20 million pledge from Civitan International. Since opening in 1992, the CIRC has emerged as a world leader in the research and treatment of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) which impact the lives of one in six people worldwide.

In addition to clinical research, Civitan scientists provide training and treatment through the Civitan-Sparks Clinics and the Civitan International Neuroimaging Laboratory. In 2016, the Civitan International Research Center was named a Clinical Research Center of Excellence in the study of Rett syndrome.

CIRC Milestones

  • $20 million commitment approved by Civitan in 1989
  • The Civitan International Research Center spans 19 departments and 5 schools at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • More than 100 scientists conduct research, therapy, and treatment under the CIRC banner
  • Efforts at the CIRC cover the entire human lifespan
  • Over the last 10 years, The Civitan Sparks clinics have seen more than 25,000 patients
  • The Rett Syndrome Clinic at the CIRC has become one of the world’s leading clinics for Rett Syndrome
  • To date, Civitan International has raised $18.7 million toward its initial pledge.

How Civitans Help

Members of Civitan International support the work of the CIRC through fundraising events at the club level.  Many also participate in events at the international level like our BreakThru Golf Tournaments. Many clubs participate in the Civitans at the Helm program to encourage donations from individual members. Junior Civitan also participates with two fundraising events—Sno-Do and Dance-a-Thon.